UDM Campus Connection

April 27, 2010

Commencement ceremonies, May 7, 15 and 16

The annual University of Detroit Mercy Commencement ceremonies will be held for the School of Law (Friday, May 7), McNichols Campus (Saturday, May 15) and the School of Dentistry (Sunday, May 16). For more information, see the School of Law page, the McNichols Campus Commencement page and the School of Dentistry page.

Group of graduates

Commencement volunteers wanted

For the McNichols Campus Commencement day, Saturday, May 15, please consider being a volunteer for the Baccalaureate Mass at Gesu Church or the Commencement ceremony in Calihan Hall.

University Ministry needs volunteers to serve at the 9 a.m. Mass as ushers, communion ministers and choir members.  For more information on volunteering at the Mass, inquire at the University Ministry office, see the Baccalaureate Mass page or contact Drew Peters at 313-993-1560 or petersas@udmercy.edu.

Volunteers are also needed in Calihan Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. distributing programs and offering general assistance.  Any time you can spare between those hours would be appreciated.  Commencement volunteers should contact Lisa Zessin (e-mail or 313-993-1469) or e-mail Art Glinz.

Volunteer Flower Day, May 4

All UDM students and employees are invited to join Facility Operations in the fifth annual Volunteer Flower Day.  This year, it will be held on Tuesday, May 4 beginning at 9 a.m. near the Fisher Fountain on McNichols Campus.  All green thumbs, including our Adopt-A-Garden participants, are welcome to help plant flowers and beautify the campus for the graduation season.  Gardening tools, gloves and lunch will be provided to all hard workers.  For more information, visit the Facility Operations web site. (Rain date is Wednesday, May 5.)

Thumbs Up!

Cate Caldwell, UDM's director of Sponsored Projects and Research Administration, was the recipient of the Spring Travel Award from the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Region IV.  The award will support Caldwell's travel expenses to attend the NCURA spring meeting, which this year takes place in Omaha from April 25 - 28.

Professor of Business Administration Gerald Cavanagh, S.J., gave the lecture "Globalization, integrity and Jesuit business schools," March 29 at Loyola University, Maryland and presented the paper, "Business education in the Jesuit tradition," April 9 to the faculty of Creighton University's College of Business Administration.  On April 15, Cavanagh gave the presentation, "Pioneers in business ethics: Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J. and the Jesuit tradition," at a conference sponsored by Loyola University, Chicago.

Associate Professor of Biology James Graves gave the presentation, "Biodiesel glycerol byproduct as a carbon source for microorganisms in undergraduate research," co-authored by students Isaac Miller and Vincent Vuljaj, at the spring meeting of the Michigan Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, April 10 in Kalamazoo.

Assistant Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison presented her paper, "Elizabeth Gaskell's empathy across difference", at the annual conference of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association, held at the University of Iowa, April 23.

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